Assistive Technology

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Rhodes maintains site-wide licenses for the following software tools, making them available at no cost to all current students and employees.


  • SensusAccess is a tool that converts PDFs and other digital materials into accessible formats. Simply upload a document, choose an output method, and the converted document will be sent to your Rhodes email address within 10 minutes. For example, you could convert a PDF file into a text file, audio file, or e-book format.

Kurzweil Learning Software

Kurzweil is an assistive technology research-based resource designed to enhance learning. It is especially helpful for multisensory, visual and auditory learners by offering text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and study/writing tools. Kurzweil is cloud-based and accessible from your tablet, smart phone, or personal computer.

Key Features 

Reading Tools  

  • Text-to-Speech, with customizable reading rate and presentation
  • 31 natural Text-to-Speech voices for reading electronic documents, Word, PDF, EPUB, RTF, Daisy, and on the Web
  • Ability to take a picture of a document and convert to accessible, readable PDF
  • Magnify text, control background and text color

Writing Tools 

  • Speech-to-text
  • Map ideas with Brainstorms and Graphic Organizers
  • Template outlines, word prediction feature, and word lists
  • Bibliography in MLA8 and APA format

Comprehension Tools

  • One-click access to dictionary and synonym tools
  • Note tools to create Sticky Notes and Voice Notes
  • Highlight key text structures with multiple colored highlighters, circle text
  • Create Study Guides and Column Notes
  • Online reference tools

Sign Up & Get Started

Using your Rhodes email address, follow the steps below to sign up for your own account. For technical support, contact Kurzweil online or at 800-894-5374.

Choose the version you want and download.

Help & User Guides